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Old 02-05-2014, 09:26 AM   #1
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Sierra 365SAQ - Fridge Storage Door

Last week I saw a post about the newer Sierras do not have the refrigerator on its own door and now put them in the outside kitchen. The post was asking if anyone had experience buying the door and cutting it in where the kitchen sink is. There is "dead space" under the kitchen counter which was formerly used for fridge. I wondered how that ended. Did you find the door, install, any other modifications (i.e. get electricity to the area, etc.). I think its a great idea and I may take to the dealer about it.
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Old 02-05-2014, 09:56 AM   #2
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Old 02-05-2014, 10:22 AM   #3
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WOW! You did a nice job! That is exactly what I was asking about.

How gut-wrenching was it to cut into the sidewall? It appears to be a fairly straight forward install.
Did you need to run electric there? Were touable to tap into an existing circuit? Where did you buy the door? I would be concerned about leaks but if it's a factory door it should be fine?

Any details you can provide is most appreciated. I am very interested in doing this.

How did you determine the exact location for cutting the door so you weren't cutting into the bathroom or too far right in the kitchen?
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Old 02-05-2014, 11:27 AM   #4
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WOW! You did a nice job! That is exactly what I was asking about.

How gut-wrenching was it to cut into the sidewall? It appears to be a fairly straight forward install.
Did you need to run electric there? Were touable to tap into an existing circuit? Where did you buy the door? I would be concerned about leaks but if it's a factory door it should be fine?

Any details you can provide is most appreciated. I am very interested in doing this.

How did you determine the exact location for cutting the door so you weren't cutting into the bathroom or too far right in the kitchen?
It took a couple beers to get the courage up to make that first cut, but no guts, no glory! There is electric already there, I just installed a box and outlet. The thing to do, is to cut the bottom out first, and cut through the lower cross member so that you are level with the floor. Then set the door in place, trace the outline, and cut the rest of the hole. As for location, I simply went from the middle of the window straight down, drilled a hole about 2"up from skirt and started cutting out and down.
I got my door from the factory techs in Goshen, cost = $0.00. As for leaks, I ran a strip of putty around perimeter of the door, clamped and screwed it in place, them finished off with white ProSeal. I'm going to finish off the inside this spring, right now it's open with a small backstop to hold the fridge in place.
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LOL about the beer. I can imagine sitting having a few looking at the door then getting the courage... GO FOR IT!

Do you know the factory techs or can you let me know who I could call? I would need to pay for shipping. I clearly want the factory door! I could call FR direct and inquire.
Great tip to go from middle of window
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AHH! That made me a little nervous just looking at the pictures! Job well done.
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LOL about the beer. I can imagine sitting having a few looking at the door then getting the courage... GO FOR IT!

Do you know the factory techs or can you let me know who I could call? I would need to pay for shipping. I clearly want the factory door! I could call FR direct and inquire.
Great tip to go from middle of window
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AHH! That made me a little nervous just looking at the pictures! Job well done.
It made me nervous, hence the liquid courage. I swear, I sat in a chair with all the tools out and stared at it for at least 2 beers, before I got the nerve up.
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Aqua, we have the before, during and after photos. But where is the photo of you in said chair? Need to see the beer and contemplative look prior to making the cut!!
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It made me nervous, hence the liquid courage. I swear, I sat in a chair with all the tools out and stared at it for at least 2 beers, before I got the nerve up.
2 beers....only looked at it for 10 minutes?
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